Florida State Senator Dorothy Hukill dies days after ending campaign to go to hospice

Posted at 2:59 PM, Oct 02, 2018

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lawmaker has died just days after she ended her re-election campaign to enter hospice care.

Florida Senate leaders said Tuesday that state Sen. Dorothy Hukill had succumbed to cancer. She was 72.

The Republican lawmaker served for eight years in the Florida House before she was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012. In the Florida Senate, she served as chair of the Committee on Education.

Her senate district covered areas south of Daytona Beach and the northern part of the Space Coast.

Before entering state politics, Hukill served as mayor of Port Orange, near Daytona Beach.

Hukill announced last Friday that she was ending her re-election bid to go into hospice care for a reoccurrence of cancer. She was treated for cervical cancer in 2016.